Frail and aged, his clothes hanging off him and a bandage on his head, ailing actor Dennis Hopper appeared in Hollywood today to receive a star on The Hollywood Walk of Fame.
Surrounded by his children and colleagues, Hopper, 73, appeared to be in good spirits, smiling, laughing and waving as he made his way through a crowd of supporters to a podium in front of Los Angeles' Egyptian Theatre with the help of two men. After several introductions -- actor Viggo Mortensen and film producer Mark Canton -- were among those who praised Hopper and his career, the actor himself took the mic.
"Everything I learned in life I learned from you," he told the crowd, referring to Hollywood. "This means so much to me. Thank you very much everyone, and Hollywood."
But while Hopper, the "Easy Rider" actor, was able to attend his star ceremony, his lawyer claims he is too weak to testify in his own contentious divorce from wife Victoria Duffy-Hopper. According to The Associated Press, a doctor approved Hopper's appearance on The Hollywood Walk of Fame, saying it would likely be a positive experience.
"Mr. Hopper is terminally ill and is not strong enough to proceed with further chemotherapy," his attorney Joe Mannis stated in recent court documents obtained by ABCNews.com
Mannis said his client was "too ill" for a scheduled March 25 desposition in the case.
As evidence, Mannis included statements from Hopper's doctor and personal assistant. According to Dr. David Agus, Hopper weighs less than 100 pounds and being questioned by his wife's lawyers "could actually threaten his ability to survive the current health crisis."
Assistant Emily Davis stated that Hopper was "extremely weak" and unable to talk for more than a few minutes at a time because "he's not able to concentrate and tires quickly."
Hopper, 73, who is battling advanced prostate cancer, has been conducting his divorce from his sickbed.
In a statement, Hopper claimed his estranged wife stole valuable artwork and other property, including silver flatware, Egyptian cotton linens, Venetian glass pieces and wood furniture from Africa, with a total worth of more than $1.5 million.
He listed dozens of missing pieces of art, including some by Stephen Aldrich, Roy Lichenstein and actor Viggo Mortenson, that he accuses Duffy-Hopper, 42, of taking during "art raids" last November and December.
Hopper said in the court documents that a premarital agreement stated that any artwork created or collected during their marriage was his sole property.
Also in the documents, Hopper objected to changing the provisions of his $1 million life insurance policy as requested by Duffy-Hopper. As things now stand, she will receive $250,000 and the balance will go to his estate. Hopper said he has already arranged for their six-year-old daughter Galen and his three other adult children to receive a "substantial portion."
For now, though, the veteran actor is nearly broke.
In the legal documents obtained by TMZ, Hopper says he is too ill to work and can only afford to pay his wife of 14 years $5,000 a month in spousal support.
In 2009 he earned $57,000 in residuals and is expected to earn that much this year, according to the court papers. Hopper's accountant listed the actor's liquid assets at $300,280 plus another $10,900 in Hopper's corporations.